Program: ESTH
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie


This program prepares students with the knowledge, skills and professional competencies required for the esthetics industry. Graduates of this program are able to provide advanced spa modalities such as; make-up and specialized skin, body and hand/foot treatments. In addition, business applications required to run a small business are emphasized. This program has been specifically designed with the intent to academically prepare the graduate for future international and provincial testing and recognition.

Career Opportunities

An esthetician has many opportunities for employment in the health and wellness industry. Graduates of this program may work in a variety of spas such as day and resort spas, destination and cruise ship spas, salons, health and wellness establishments, and casino spas. In addition, this program prepares graduates for employment in many other areas such as in product sales, distributing and retailing of esthetic products, product education, spa reception and management, contracting and consulting positions, pharmaceutical industries, and Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons offices.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and histology to the provision of specialized aesthetic treatments and services;
  • be accountable for the knowledge and understanding of the greater scopes of the health/medical/holistic industry and be able to effectively communicate their effects to clients;
  • perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions and supporting client needs (including and not limited to facials, manicures, pedicures, hair removal, and make up applications);
  • use a range of specialized equipment and products, in compliance with established national, provincial, industry, and other related standards, regulations, policies, and procedures;
  • adhere to health, safety, sanitation, and infection and prevention control guidelines, according to current legislation and national, provincial, municipal, and industry and environmental standards and regulations;
  • identify business skills and activities required for the successful establishment and operation of a small esthetic business in a salon or spa environment;
  • select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients to clients, taking into account health status and identified needs;
  • establish and maintain professional relationships in adherence to standards and ethics associated with the profession;
  • develop customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations in accordance with professional standards and ethics;
  • determine professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry and environmental changes.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake - Barrie

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid upon registration to the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate before classes begin.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities. 

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety. It may be obtained at a reduced cost through the student insurance plan.

Graduation Requirements

19 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
SPAE 1001Cosmetic Product Knowledge
SPAE 1002Fundamentals of Esthetic Sciences
SPAE 1003Fundamentals of Spa Treatments
SPAE 1004Fundamentals of Spa Treatments Lab
SPAE 1006Principles of Esthetic Sciences
SPAE 1008Spa Treatments Practice
SPAE 1009Spa Clinic
SPAE 1010Introduction To Esthetic Management
SPAE 1011Artificial Nail Technologies
SPAE 1012Spa Treatments Theory
SPAE 2000Nutrition and Health
SPAE 2001Advanced Esthetic Services
SPAE 2002Advanced Esthetic Practices
SPAE 2004Esthetic Clinic
SPAE 2005Spa Operations Management
SPAE 2006Holistic and Body Therapies
SPAE 2007Skin and Body Applications
SPAE 2008Advanced Esthetic Clinic
SPAE 2009Cosmetic Applicatons
Comminications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.